Jason Tandon

Mother’s Day on the Cape

This Sunday, May 10th I will be reading along with Martha Collins and Lee Sharkey for the Calliope Poetry Series. The reading takes place at the West Falmouth Library and begins at 3PM. Please see below for directions and more details. Hope to see you there!


Martha Collins is the author of seven books of poetry, including Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006).  She has published four earlier collections of poems and four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author).  She founded the creative writing program at UMass-Boston and taught for ten years at Oberlin College, where she continues to serve as editor-in-chief for FIELD magazine.  Martha’s eighth book of poems,  Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh Press in early 2016.


Lee Sharkey’s publications include six chapbooks and four full-length volumes of poetry.  Her most recent book,Calendars of Fire (Tupelo Press, 2010) was a Split This Rock Recommended Poetry Book of 2013. Lee is the recipient of the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Award in Translation (2013) and the 2010 Maine Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review and many other magazines.  Since 2003, Lee has co-edited the Beloit Poetry Review, one of the country’s oldest and most respected journals.


Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry, including Quality of Life (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. Among other publications, his poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Jason teaches in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.


Directions:  From Bourne Bridge.  Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles.  Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking.

From Woods Hole.  Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign).  Take a right, and go less than I mile.  West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House.)



Newton Library Poetry Series

I’ll be reading with Dan Chiasson and Maggie Dietz at the Newton Public Library (Newton Centre, MA) tomorrow night. Please join us!



New Poem in Water~Stone Review

The new issue of Water~Stone Review is out with work by Dan Albergotti, Michael Bazzett, Paula Cisewski, Mark Conway, Philip Dacey, Jehanne Dubrow, Leslie Harrison, Sonja Livingston, Camille Norton, Matthew Thorburn, Daneen Wardrop, Xu Xi, and an interview with Benjamin Percy. My thanks to the editors for including my poem, “Between Poems.” Click the cover above for more about this issue!

“Fatherhood, Beginnings” on NPR

My poem, “Fatherhood, Beginnings,” selected from my latest collection Quality of Life, will be featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac tomorrow, October 3rd.

Quality of Life Cover

Interview on Writer’s Digest


My interview with Robert Brewer is now up on the Writer’s Digest online. We discuss a variety of poetry-related topics including my latest collection Quality of Life. Click the banner above!

Quality of Life Cover

New Review: Jill Osier



My review of Jill Osier’s should our undoing come down upon us white, winner of the 2013 Frost Place Competition, appears in the latest issue of Pleiades. Click here to read the title poem. And here and here to read a couple more poems from this wonderful collection.


This latest issue of Pleiades (34.2) also includes:

Features: Martha Collins introducing Sara Eliza Johnson, Jack Pendarvis introducing Maegan Poland, and Eleanor Goodman introducing Wang Xiaoni

Folio: Post-Troubles Belfast Poets: Jean Bleakney, Moyra Donaldson, Damian Smyth, Gearoid Mac Lochlainn, Sinead Morrissey, Leontia Flynn, Miriam Gamble, and Sam Riviere

Fiction: by Kate Crosby, Patrick Dacey, Venita Blackburn, S. Brady Tucker & Mary Troy

Essays: by Mark Halliday and Drew Calvert

Poems: by Andrew Grace, Joel Brouwer, Melissa Kwasny, Kuno Raeber, Peter Cooley, Katie Ford, Amy Sparks, Chana Bloch, David Dodd Lee, Sarah Murphy, Jason Olsen, Emily Ho, Carmen Gimenez-Smith, Dan Bellm, Bruce Whiteman, Maya Jewell Zeller, Rich Smith, C. Dylan Basset, Shane Mcrae, Cintia Santana, Laura Van Prooyen, Joshua Marie Wilkinson

To read a selection of work, click the cover below:




New Poem in Poet Lore

10812The new issue of Poet Lore is out with poems by Sherod Santos, Philip Fried, Martha Collins, Tom Chandler, John Bargowski, Todd Davis, Xue Di, Colette Inez, Greg McBride, and a portfolio by Burmese poet U Tin Moe (introduced by Christopher Merrill).

My thanks to the editors for including my poem “The Actual World.” Here is the first stanza:


The Actual World


                                    for Jane Kenyon


After a week’s worth of rain

I pull dandelions from the yard,

wedge the taproots with a sturdy prong

until they slide from the earth

like fish bones tweezed from flesh.




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